Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn't put Anthony Joshua in list of top four pound-for-pound fighters


Khabib Nurmagomedov snubs Anthony Joshua in list of top four pound-for-pound fighters but includes Oleksandr Usyk ahead of his showdown with British heavyweight

  • Oleksandr Uysk is top four boxers in the world, says Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • The Ukranian is set to fight Anthony Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Joshua is set to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts this Saturday
  • The former UFC champion says that Tyson Fury is one of the greatest fighters


Khabib Nurmagomedov ranks Oleksandr Usyk ahead of Anthony Joshua in his pound-for-pound list, ahead of the Ukranian’s fight with AJ this Saturday. 

Joshua is set to put his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles on the line against Uysk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with over 60,000 fans set to attend. 

This will be Joshua’s first fight in front of a full capacity crowd since his knockout victory over Alexander Povetkin in September 2018.  

Oleksandr Uysk is one of the best boxers in the world, according to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Oleksandr Uysk is one of the best boxers in the world, according to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Anthony Joshua looks to protect his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts in front of a home crowd

Anthony Joshua looks to protect his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts in front of a home crowd

The 34-year-old Ukranian boxer is looking to upset the odds and become a two-weight world champion after moving up from the cruiserweight division in 2019.  

Khabib, who is a huge fan of boxing and has been seen ringside at events such as Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, believes that Uysk is one of the most talented boxers in the sport right now. 

When Khabib spoke with Matchroom Boxing towards the end of last year, he was asked to name the best boxers in the world and declared that Uysk was one of the best, leaving out Joshua. 

He said: ‘Right now, I think Oleksandr Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez. Oh sorry, Tyson Fury, too. Four guys. It’s very hard [to decide] who is the best.’

The former UFC champion is a huge fan of boxing and hopes to see Uysk and Tyson Fury fight

The former UFC champion is a huge fan of boxing and hopes to see Uysk and Tyson Fury fight

Whilst there is a widespread demand throughout the boxing world for Joshua and Fury to fight next year, Khabib said: ‘I really want to see Usyk vs Fury. 

‘It’s gonna be a very good fight. He [Usyk] has very good skill and technique, Tyson Fury, too.

‘He is not like other heavyweights, more technique, his footwork is very good, his conditioning is very good. I really wanna watch Usyk against Fury.’

Fury’s final fight with Deontay Wilder is due to take place next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada. 

If Fury and Joshua are both successful in their upcoming fights, the two are expected to finally fight each other for one of the most anticipated fights in recent history.  

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